China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

… France, will be overseen by INBAR, a China-based intergovernmental organisation that seeks to use bamboo and rattan to reduce poverty and environmental damage. Part of a 20 billion renminbi (US$3.1 billion) fund that China launched in September to increase South-South cooperation on climate change will be spent on the initiative. Bamboo’s quick growth and easy care make it ideal for removing carbon from the atmosphere, and being a raw material for biofuel and consumer products, the …

Trailblazer Foods Launches First All-Inclusive Organic Coconut Product Line

… this trend: it’s a clean ingredient, natural and organic, and with no added sugar. By offering a complete line to our customers, grocers will be able to meet the needs of every type of consumer seeking coconut products, eliminating the reason to shop elsewhere.” Trailblazer has sold sweetened and unsweetened shredded and flaked coconut for over 15 years, and the company has deep experience and longstanding relationships with coconut processors in Southeast Asia. Trailblazer has leveraged …

FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… meat and poultry products in respect of animal-based organic food products are yet to be approved and notified. Food safety officer posted in Indore, Manish Swami said, “Various consumer organisations/NGOs have recently raised issues that meat-producing animals/poultry birds are fed feed containing meat/bone meal including internal organs, blood meal and tissues of bovines and porcine-origin materials”. He said that concern was expressed about presence of veterinary drugs including …

4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

By consumer Reports | June 22, 2015 Summer’s bounty of fruit and vegetables does more than tempt your taste buds; it can have a powerful impact on your health. When you have more choices, there’s a greater chance that you’ll eat more produce, and that’s likely to lead to a lower risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, most cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. To maximize the health benefits, make these four easy changes to the way you shop for, prep and store your fruit and …

Organic Food Finds Footing in Growing Chinese Market : News : Yibada

… I’m willing to make for my family’s health,” Liu Rui, a frequent shopper in Beijing’s Ole supermarket, told China Daily. consumers like Liu are propping up China as the world’s fourth-biggest consumer of organic products. “China is a market that attracts great attention from the world’s organic traders,” Wang Yunhao, director of China Green Food Development Center (CGFDC), said at an organic food fair on May 28. To continue reading this article, …

Big Food Brands Lose Consumer Trust | CMO Strategy – Advertising Age

… “re-establish our identity in the natural foods movement.” The RFP, which was recently obtained by Ad Age, is a small but telling example of how the food industry has been shaken from its core, forced to reinvent itself in the face of shifting consumer demands. Families once reliably heaped their plates with products such as Stove Top stuffing from Kraft Foods, Hamburger Helper from General Mills and Kellogg cereals, along with similar products from other processed food titans. But …

Organic not healthier than other foods: Organic junk food still junk | Genetic Literacy Project

By Damian Mann, Medford Tribune | May 22, 2015 Demand for organic foods keeping growing, and big box retailers and mainstream grocery chains, from Walmart to Costco, have jumped in. consumer demands for organic foods in the U.S. continue to explode. Sales of organic food and non-food products totaled $39.1 billion in 2014, up 11.3 percent from the previous year—with sales of organic food alone accounting for $35.9 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association. But controversy has dogged …

Special Report: The war on big food – Fortune

… mouth, or made your lips purse with disdain, you are part of Big Food’s multibillion-dollar problem. In fact, you may even belong to a growing consumer class that has some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies scrambling to change their businesses. Lest you think this is hyperbole, consider the commentary in February at the consumer Analyst Group of New York conference, the packaged-goods industry’s premier annual gathering. To continue reading this article, please click on this …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

… label to its line of cheese. “The USDA organic program really is failing to meet both the spirit of organic and consumer expectations around animal welfare,” says an ASPCA representative. “Organic is about what the cow is eating and what you’re doing to the land,” Meerman says. “AWA is about the cow.” He takes special care to manage his animals’ pain, and keep young cows with their mothers for a week after they’re born, for example. And those …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

… of synthetic chemicals or genetic engineering reached $35.9 billion in 2014, an 11 percent increase over 2013 and about 5.1 percent of U.S. grocery spending. The organic sector’s average annual growth of about 10 percent is triple that of overall food sales, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture and trade association data. Rising consumer demand in what’s been a niche market is creating shortages, pushing companies that supply farms needing organic feed to seek out foreign …